All inducted songs
"It's the silliest piece of cultural drivel ever composed in Newfoundland ... but it's found its way into every folksong collection in Canada. You know, once a hit, always a hit."
I's The B'Y
  • Year Inducted: 2005
  • Written In: 19th Century
Unknown (Traditional) Songwriter
Alan Mills
Great Big Sea
Dick Nolan
Ian Benzie

Of unknown authorship and dating from the 19th century, this lively dance song from Newfoundland, full of good humour, reflects the great dependence on the sea by the province’s fishing outposts. It has become a folk classic, transmitted in the songbook, Folk Songs of Canada, by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, and relying on the transcription by folklorist Kenneth Peacock. Johnston’s version was included in a 1965 publication of the National Museums of Canada. The song was also originally transcribed by businessman Gerald Doyle and published in Old-Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland.

I's The B'Y - Performed by Ron Hynes
"I's The B'Y" was performed by Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes at the 2005 CSHF Induction Gala.
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